I woke up one morning and had a dream... Could I own every single issue of Detective Comics, Batman and all of the other subtitles in the Gotham universe?
Insane? Stupid? Inspired?
This can only end in obsession and financial chaos.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Easter Eggs in DKR

If you are one of those readers that love to spot an Easter Egg in a comic book then this is something that is truly astounding.

Yes. That bloke has 'MM' costume. For those who don't know: one of the Holy Grails for serious comic book collectors is completing the Miracleman series published in the 1980's by Eclipse. The reason that these books are so important is that this was the book that Alan Moore, basically, tore up the rule book by telling a superhero story in realistic way. Miracleman #15 (one of rarest of the run), is the book that broke boundaries in terms of tone and violence and was, up to that point, the benchmark of brutality in comic books at the time.

However they are now exceedingly rare, due to a massively long and vastly complicated copyright dispute (which makes it even more interesting to find it in DKR) and low print runs. This means that these very important comic books are probably un-publishable and, sadly, rarely read. Which is a shame, because these books are truly awesome and helped to usher in the Modern Age.

I'm sure that this is Millers tribute, and I can only assume he got away with it, as he was able to finish the book away from editorial control. As is explained in the DKR afterword, DC editorial granted Miller a lot of lee-way towards the of the DKR run simply because they trusted Miller to complete the story on deadline without seeing the pencils.

Nice one Frank!